NEXT EVENT: 5th MARCH 2013 – EXMOUTH ARMS PUB, BATH RD, CHELTENHAM
I am always amazed by the amount of people that I speak to that own a business or are a part of a business that have never thought of attending a networking group.
The usual excuses come out ‘We are too busy’, ‘I don’t think we will benefit from going’, ‘it’s too expensive’. These may have been valid reasons five or so years ago when networking groups were expensive and elitist but they have changed a lot with the time and definitely for the better.
My personal excuse for not attending networking events was because I simply hate standing up in front of large groups and doing the presentation style networking. I cannot think of anything worse than standing up in front of 20 plus people who are hanging on my every stammered word.
Due to all the reasons above I decided to start my own networking event called #TuesdayCatchUp. The pure genius behind the name is the fact it is held on the first Tuesday of every month and it’s based on local Gloucestershire businesses ‘Catching Up’.
The reason why I thought it was important that I attended a networking event and encouraged other like minded business people to attend is simply down to the fact the more connections you can have in the business world the more doors that can be opened for you.
#TuesdayCatchUp and its Structure
I wanted #TuesdayCatchUp to not only be an event that created interest and work leads for the businesses that attended but I wanted the people that attended to actually enjoy going along to the event.
Here is an outline of the structure of #TuesdayCatchUp and the benefits.
First of all and most important for some people, #TuesdayCatchUp is a totally free event with no membership to sign. Simply come along when it suits you and the only money you need is to pay for any drink or snack you may require throughout the night.
There are no rigid timings for the event so you do not get shunned or penalised for being late. The event runs from 18:30 until around 21:00 but you can come along for as long you can manage, we fully appreciate people have families and other commitments.
The networking structure itself is very informal, so there is no standing up and doing your two minute speech or anything stuffy like that. It’s just down to you to work the room as much or as little as you like and pick and choose the people you feel you can benefit from speaking to the most. The more you attend the more you get to know people and the stronger your business relationships will become. This is when the job leads really start getting passed around as others will always recommend you and your service the more they get to know and trust you.
We actively encourage people to bring along work colleagues, other businesses owners or even just friends. Firstly this will help those of you out there who may be a little shy; at least you will know one person at the event. The huge benefit from guests being allowed to #TuesdayCatchUp is that there are always fresh, new people coming along so it’s not the same old crowd all the time.
#TuesdayCatchUp welcomes all businesses, no matter how big or small your business is there is always going to be someone there that you can benefit from speaking to. It is well worth
remembering that networking is not only about pulling in the jobs leads, who knows, you maybe be able to save your business time and money by using one of the companies represented at the event.
As the #TuesdayCatchUp events have been running for around eighteen months now we have got a steady flow of constant attendees, at each event you can expect to see up 40+ businesses and even on a slow day the event still pulls in 20+ businesses.
Does #TuesdayCatchUp sound like it could be for you?
Everyone can benefit from coming along to #TuesdayCatchUp so if you feel like coming along to one of the events the following is all you need to know.
Dates: The event is always help on the first Tuesday of the month, so the date varies but the day doesn’t.
Time: 18:30 onwards
Venue: Exmouth Arms Pub, Bath Road, Cheltenham.
Next event: March 5th 2013
If you have any further questions with regards to #TuesdayCatchUp events then please feel free to contact me on 01242 237 653 / email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you at an event soon.